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About Christine Collen

christine collenSince my teenage years (a long, long time ago), I have been programming computers. My very first techy job at the tender age of 18 was at the Institute of Child Health in London as computer assistant. I learnt to program in FORTRAN – a programming language that is as old as the “dead sea scrolls” and how to use those hefty beasts called key punch machines. Back then, PCs were still in the realms of science-fiction.

My programming career progressed through the decades 70s, 80s, 90s as programmer, systems analyst, project leader at various organisations such as the London Stock Exchange and the British Council.

In 1993, my husband and I decided to start an I.T. consultancy business and C&C Business Services was born. The C&C bit is from our 2 surnames – Collen and Chisholm. Or as my husband would have it – Chisholm and Collen!

My role in the business was (and still is) software developer. I build bespoke business database applications with Microsoft Access and SQL Server. I also design and build web sites, using hand-coded html / css as well as with database-driven content management applications such as WordPress and CMS Made Simple.

open university certificateIn 2006-07, I studied with the Open University to gain a broad technical foundation in web application development. This was a 2-year undergraduate course which I am proud to say I passed with distinction! I thoroughly enjoyed it, including the end-course assignments.

Although I have learnt a lot along the way, I am still learning. Each new project that I undertake, be it to design and build a new website or develop a new database application, I always learn something new. And I just love that.

On a personal level, I am now granny to 2 wonderful little people, one is aged 5 and half and the other is 3 years.

 I have recently escaped to the country from South London with retired husband, Steve.  We are now living in a lovely home in one of Shropshire's oldest market towns, Whitchurch.  The  neighbours are very friendly and the town is close to the beautiful Shropshire countryside.